Van der Vaart in rally call
Rafael van der Vaart believes Tottenham can win the Premier League this season ahead of Sunday's game with Man United.
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 14/01/11 2:17pm
Rafael van der Vaart accepts Sunday's clash with Manchester United represents Tottenham's biggest game of the season but believes the north Londoners are capable of claiming the Premier League title.
The White Hart Lane clash, live on Sky Sports HD1and on Sky 3D, is one of the most eagerly awaited of the campaign, with Spurs' freescoring form in the capital pitted against United's unbeaten record in the league thus far.
While many believe Spurs might not quite be ready to launch a serious tilt for the title their in-form playmaker is of a contrary mindset; firmly of the belief they are capable of pushing for silverware.
"Belief is the biggest word in football. If you believe you can win something, then you can," he told skysports.com.
"I think we are good enough to win the title. We have the squad to do it.
"We have to respect all the smaller teams too, but I think we can beat United on Sunday.
"At Spurs we all believe we can win the league. It's a long way, but I believe we can do it because we have such a good squad.
"We played Charlton in the FA Cup last week with what everybody said was a second team but they are all great players and looked excellent."
If belief is key to success in football then Van der Vaart believes Spurs have the ideal man at the helm in Harry Redknapp. Since arriving at Tottenham in the summer, a snip at £8million, he has proved a revelation with 11 goals in all competitions and it is Redknapp he credits as being key to his seamless transition to life in the Premier League.
"Of course I knew of the manager before I came here, but I also knew the players because they have great players so I was aware that I was joining a really good team," he added.
"The trainer - or the manager, as you call him here - is key for us. You have to believe in yourself and he helps the players to do that.
"It was great to hear how he reacted (when he become aware signing Van der Vaart was a possibility). Harry gave me confidence and showed belief in me in the summer because he was quick to react when I became available and I have enjoyed every moment.
"I'm very happy with the team, we have great players and we are going to play for many years together."
Tottenham have been linked with making additions before the close of the January transfer window but with everything at the Lane bubbling along nicely, their talismanic Dutchman believes there is little need for tinkering.
"I'm very happy with the team because we have great players in every position, the longer the team plays together the better they will get.
"There were a number of great players that day (against Charlton) so it shows just how good the squad is, why change? And I believe it's one of the best in the league."
Indeed, Van der Vaart is loving life in the capital so much he admits he is ready to commit the rest of his career to Tottenham.
"I love it here. I love the players and I love the down-to-earth attitude at the club. If I have the opportunity, I would stay here for the rest of my career."